Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs. Redmi 4 vs. Redmi Note 4: What’s the difference?

By | 9th November 2017

Xiaomi has three great options in the budget segment.

Between the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi 4, Xiaomi has two of the best-selling phones in India this year. The Redmi Y1 is the latest addition to the budget lineup, with the manufacturer turning its attention to a younger audience with the device. One out of every four devices sold in India in 2017 was a selfie-centric phone, and Xiaomi is now catering to this market with the Redmi Y1, which has a 16MP front camera with LED flash.

The Redmi Y1 is available in India for ₹8,999, and the 3GB/32GB variant of the Redmi 4 also costs ₹8,999. The Redmi Note 4, meanwhile, retails for ₹10,999. You get your money's worth from all three devices, but there are subtle differences in the specs:

CategoryRedmi Y1Redmi 4Redmi Note 4
Operating SystemMIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 NougatMIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 MarshmallowMIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat
Display5.5-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
Gorilla Glass, 2.5D curved glass
236ppi pixel density
5.0-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
291ppi pixel density
5.5-inch IPS LCD panel (1920x1080)
2.5D curved glass
401ppi pixel density
SoCOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Eight Cortex A53 cores at 1.4GHz
28nm
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Eight Cortex A53 cores at 1.4GHz
28nm
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Eight Cortex A53 cores at 2.0GHz
14nm
GPUAdreno 505Adreno 505Adreno 506
RAM3GB/4GB2GB/3GB/4GB2GB/3GB/4GB
Storage32GB/64GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
16GB/32GB/64GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
32GB/32GB/64GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
Rear camera13MP f/2.2, PDAF
Dual-tone flash
1080p video
13MP f/2.0, PDAF
Dual-tone flash
1080p video
13MP f/2.0, PDAF
Dual-tone LED flash
1080p video, [email protected]
Front shooter16MP with f/2.0 lens
1080p video recording
5MP with f/2.2 lens
1080p video recording
5MP with f/2.0 lens
1080p video recording
ConnectivityLTE with VoLTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
LTE with VoLTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
LTE with VoLTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
Battery3080mAh battery4100mAh battery4100mAh battery
Fast charging (5V/2A)
FingerprintRear fingerprint sensorRear fingerprint sensorRear fingerprint sensor
Dimensions153 x 76.2 x 7.7mm139 x 69.9 x 8.65mm151 x 76 x 8.45mm
Weight153g150g165g
ColorsGold, Dark GreyGold, BlackGold, Dark Grey, Black, Lake Blue

The Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Note 4 feature 5.5-inch screens, but the main difference between the two is that the former has a 720p panel whereas the latter sports a 1080p screen. The highlight with the Redmi Y1 is the 16MP front camera, which is noticeably better than what you get on the Redmi 4 or the Redmi Note 4. If you're one to take a lot of selfies, you'll be well served by the Redmi Y1.

If two-day battery life is what you're after, the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Note 4 should be right up your alley. Both phones offer 4100mAh battery, with the Redmi Y1 featuring a more modest 3080mAh unit. You still get a day's worth of usage from the Y1, but it's not quite at the same level as the Redmi 4 or the Redmi Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 in particular — thanks to its 14nm chipset — is a beast in this regard, delivering nine hours of screen-on-time on average between charges.

The Redmi 4 has a 5-inch form factor, so if you're in the market for a device primarily for consuming multimedia, you'll be better served by the Redmi Note 4. The Snapdragon 625 in the Redmi Note 4 is more powerful than the Snapdragon 435 used in the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Y1. Although both chipsets use Cortex A53 cores, they're clocked higher in the Snapdragon 625 — up to 2.0GHz.

All three phones have rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, along with 13MP rear cameras. The Redmi Y1 is the first phone with the global version of MIUI 9 out of the box, but the stable build is available for the Redmi Note 4 right now. The Redmi 4 will receive the update at a later date.

With so little separating the three devices, it comes down to your personal preferences. If you want a phone with a compact form factor and excellent battery life, then the Redmi 4 is the device to get. The Redmi Y1 has a premium design aesthetic, and the front camera is much better than that of the Redmi 4.

The Redmi Note 4, meanwhile, strikes the ideal balance between great battery life and robust performance. It's easy to see why the phone is still one of the best-selling in the country nearly a year after its introduction.

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